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October 29, 1864

Saturday night

Our boys Jamie and George are at home again, as Mr Hagen their teacher has been called off in home defense. They are all playing in the nursery so happily. Sallie MacNeill & Annie Williams are spending the week with our dear little Jennie, who is an invalid at this time. She had a fall two weeks ago & hurt her arm very badly. It is still so much swollen that the Dr. is unable to tell whether or not it is broken.

Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html

 

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October 2nd [1864]

Sabbath afternoon

I did not go to church today, as the carriage was filled by a party of young friends, who were on a visit to Ellerbie Town. Amiable & lovely girls have been with me for some weeks – Lanie Smith & Louise Cross, Maggie & Kate Shepherd.

My dear Soldier-Brother joined them here – his furlough is out & he leaves to-morrow for the seat of War. He fed the utmost solicitudes for his safety, as another battle is daily expected. May God protect him & spare him if it is his holy will! The siege of Petersburg is still pressed and our poor men, exposed in the trenches. We feel anxious and fearful of this time, and dread the winter campaign but

God rules, and to Him we look for help. He is our only shelter from “this windy storm & tempest!”

Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html

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September 2nd [1864]

The weather is light & beautiful but our hearts are sad. The angel of death has again spread his gloomy wings over our family-circle. Another visitation on the altar of his Country. Robert smith, our young cousin has fallen. His remains were interred in our family burying ground & fair hands placed a wreath of evergreens over the grave of the young hero & left him to sleep with kindred dust. We have the comforting hope that he was ready for the summons. He sent word to his Brother that he had “found peace & it was all well with him.” Oh may these trials be blessed to us all!

 

Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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August 20th [1864]

Since I last wrote, our dear Mary Eliza has again left for school. She is now at Hillsboro, under the care of the Misses Nash, Ladies of the highest character, both for accomplishments & piety. I trust the sojourn there of my darling child may be blessed to her best interests. Our boys have had a happy vacation and returned to Smithville to school. My dear friend Eliza Smith spent this week with me. It is still a good pleasure for us to meet. We have indeed “lived and loved together, through many a changing year!”

 

 

Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html

 

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July 23 [1864] “Saturday night”

We have had a quiet week. no company except Louise Cross a school mate of Mr. E’s, who is a refugee from La. A very sweet and amiable girl – The Col and [Jamie] went to the plantation today and have not yet returned. George & Henry went fishing Jennie & Emily & petite Katie are playing  sound so happily. When I look at their happy sports, I sight to think of the stern realities of life they must encounter! May the Lord be their father – may He “guide them by this counsel & afterward receive them to glory.”

 

Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html

 

 

 

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July 10 [1864]

Sabbath Afternoon

We went to China Grove today and heard an excellent sermon from our dear Pastor Mr. Fairley. It was addressed to Parents, and was particularly interesting to me, and I trust will do me good. The text was from Judges 13 & 12 – “How shall we model the child, and how shall we do unto him?” He spoke of the divine authority of the Parents  – of its importance – self-will is the beginning of sin in the child & of sorrow to the Parent.

I saw poor Jane Murchison at Church. She is still in the most painful suspense as to the fate of her husband. He was wounded and taken prisoner the first of June & has not been heard from since.

 

Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html

 

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June 27th [1864]

This is the anniversary of my death Mother’s departure from earth. Her birth-day into glory! Oh! she was meek for the blessed change – she was ready for the peace of the Bride-groom. How well do I remember her placid smile & sweet self-forgetfulness – oh that I may be prepared for a happy reunion with her and my beloved Father in the “merry mansions” above.

 

Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html

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